Uris Hall is the social science building for the College of Arts
and Sciences with the Departments of Economics, Sociology,
Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies (FGSS, formerly Women's
Studies), and Psychology. Also located within the building is the
Western Societies Program offices, the Mario Einaudi Center for
International Studies, a 428 seat auditorium used for classes as
well as by Cornell Cinema, psychology labs, and part of the Cornell
Building emergencies: 255-5322 (24 hour - utilities maintenance)
Construction on Uris Hall began in 1970, and was completed
in 1972. The building was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and
Merrill from New York City at an original cost of $8.25 million.
The building was modeled after the US Steel building in
Pittsburgh. Uris Hall was named after the Late Harold D. Uris
(Civil Engineering '25) and his brother, the Late Percy Uris.
The two brothers were the founders of Uris Building Corp. in
New York City and long-time benefactors of higher education.
Uris Hall was built of cortan steel, an alloy which should turn a
bluish yellow color over time. The building has not reached its
target color yet due to the low concentration of pollutants in the
local atmosphere which act as catalysts for the necessary
reactions to change the steel's color.
The brain collection houses the brain of John Rulloff, a notorious
murderer born in 1819 and the namesake of Rulloff's bar and
grill in Collegetown, as well as the brain of Burt Wilder, the
originator of the collection.